OHSU commercial collaborations have surged

August 25, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. - Industry research collaborations - or sponsored research agreements - entered into by Oregon Health & Science University produced income in fiscal year 2008 of nearly $10 million, the OHSU Office of Technology & Research Collaborations (TRC) reported today.

That represented a 48.6 percent increase over the $6.7 million produced in the previous fiscal year and a 243 percent increase over the $2.9 million total five years ago.

Altogether, 109 industry-sponsored research agreements were signed in the last fiscal year, which ended June 30, up from 70 the previous year, a 55.7 percent increase. This was the sharpest increase in the number of agreements in the last five years, a period in which a total of 329 sponsored research agreements have been signed.

Sponsored research agreements cover projects on which OHSU plays a role, either through basic research or testing, in furthering the development of potential commercial products. TRC manages industry collaborations and research commercialization for the purpose of developing new medical therapies, diagnostics or devices that benefit the general public.

"These numbers reflect an increasingly vibrant entrepreneurial culture at OHSU in which partnerships, such as one we've forged with Intel to help people maintain their independence as they age, are flourishing," said Daniel M. Dorsa, Ph.D., OHSU's vice president for research. "Gains of this magnitude would not have been possible without the Oregon Opportunity, which combined state funds and private donations to pay for research facilities and infrastructure at OHSU that are among the most advanced in the country, and for the recruitment of world-class scientists who are blazing new trails in biomedical research."

Arundeep Pradhan, the director of TRC, described OHSU's ongoing collaboration with Intel Corporation as "an emerging model for creating effective university-industry collaborations because it enables both the company and OHSU to achieve their respective objectives. It is a prime example of the pragmatic approach we have taken in negotiating with industry, and it is that approach which has helped enable us to achieve the gains we have."

Intel's Digital Health Group has sponsored studies by OHSU researchers which focus on technological innovations to enhance independent living for the aging and to detect early markers of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other diseases. The group is developing and testing technologies to assess cognitive and motor changes, to support instrumental activities of daily living, and to provide automated coaching to help people live healthier lives with the ultimate aim of translating the findings into health-related products, services and personalized medicine.

Intel is providing more than $3 million for the project, which involves placing sensors in the homes of scores of seniors. It is coordinated by OHSU's Oregon Center for Aging & Technology, one of the National Institutes of Health Edward R. Roybal Centers for

Research on Applied Gerontology dedicated to developing technologies that optimize the health and quality of life of older people.

Other key measures of OHSU's progress in moving discoveries toward commercialization during the last fiscal year: Increases in both MTAs and non-disclosure agreements reflect the open and collaborative nature of OHSU faculty in working with colleagues in industry as well as other academic institutions.
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Oregon Health & Science University

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